Footfall at the UK’s shopping hubs plummeted last month, making it the weakest May for six years as destinations struggled to attract visitors in the tepid weather.
British Retail Consortium
Shoppers shunned the high street and kept their wallets closed last month, leading to sales plunging in May faster than at any time in the last 24 years, new data shows.
The price of some supermarket fruit and vegetables has gone up as the effects of the heatwave combined with the cold spring flow through to shop shelves.
Retail sales cooled last month as buoyant spending on food and drink spurred by the warm weather failed to offset a wider slowdown in consumer expenditure.